Contracts Awarded for Centennial Place Works
Council has agreed to award the $3.894 million contract for the site construction of the Centennial Place facility in the Mount Isa CBD, as well as a $307,250 contract for specialist shipping containers to create an “Eat Street”-like area in the facility.
At its November Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday, November 16, Council agreed to award the construction contract to Gladstone-based company Oaka Constructions Pty Ltd. Construction is expected to begin in December 2022 and should be completed by mid- to late 2023.
Other elements of Centennial Place will include shaded seating, a water feature, sloping grassed area, a decorative walk with information about Mount Isa’s history and cultural heritage, toilet facilities, water-play area, and plaza space.
The Centennial Place project cost is approximately $5.3 million, with a combined $4.1 million in government funding received – $2.019 million from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, and $2.09 million from the Queensland Government’s Works For Queensland. Council is providing $1.2 million.
Mayor Danielle Slade said while material delivery delays and supply chain issues are presenting a challenge, she’s hopeful Centennial Place would be open to the public in time for the 2023 Isa Rodeo.
“Many people are looking forward to seeing work start on this project, and the great news is that work should be starting soon,” Cr Slade said.
“Centennial Place will be located on the corner of Miles Street and Grace Street. Our vision for this space is that it will be an area that pays tribute to Mount Isa’s past, can be utilised for community events and gatherings, and is a prime spot where people can sit and relax with their friends and family.”
Councillor Peta MacRae said a component of Centennial Place will be the modified specialist containers that can be used as pop-up food businesses or cafés.
“I think the shipping containers are going to be an excellent addition for the community to use, to have an Eat Street-type feel, and I think all community groups will benefit from them and appreciate them,” Cr MacRae said.
The $307,250 contract for the manufacture, fitout and delivery of the specialist containers will be awarded to Brisbane-based Boxmate Shipping Containers.